What we’re reading
- Electric taxis have arrived in London.
- This guy made his shed the top rated restaurant on TripAdvisor.
- Londoners hang scarves for the homeless.
- London's Lumiere Festival reveals 10 new installations for 2018.
Things to do
COSMIC SUPERHEROES: Forget what you've seen in the movies, the real superheroes are right here in the real world. Comedian Josie Long, physicist Helen Czerski and poet Salena Godden are among the faces you'll see in this exhibition of women who have excelled in their profession. Conway Hall, free, just turn up, 8 December-31 January
WILDLIFE WALK: Feeling groggy this morning? A brisk group walk around these beautifully serene marshes should sort you out. Rainham Marshes, £5/£2 child, just turn up, 10am
CROYDON WINTER FESTIVAL: Croydonites don't have to travel far to get their festive fix as a new winter festival opens today. There's a covered ice rink, dodgem cars, a Santa's Runaway Roller Coaster, a Bavarian-style bar for the adults and Santa's grotto for the kids. Ashburton Park, free entry, just turn up, noon-10pm, until 2 January
GLAMOUR ON ICE: There'll be no shakey starts or wobbly legs on this rink as professional ice dancer Yvette Mauback-Lang and her team take to the ice. Devonshire Square, free, just turn up, 12.30pm-1.20pm
AFRICAN CHRISTMAS MARKET: The scent of African and Caribbean food wafting through the Union Yard Arches should be enough to get your attention. Once you've filled your face, browse fashion and jewellery stalls, visit Santa's grotto and listen to the gospel choir. Great Suffolk Street, free, just turn up, 4pm, until 10 December
BRIXTON BURLESQUE SHOW: If it's debauchery your after, shimmy on up to the South Pole Saloon, where burlesque bombshell Dinah Might is tonight's entertainment. Visitors can also have a 'glamour puss' makeover and browse lingerie at Rosie von Boschan's pop-up. Brixton Rooftop, £19-£24, book ahead, 5pm-9pm
HAPPY ENDINGS: Loosen your belts and pull up a seat at this supper club, where supper means four (yes FOUR) courses of desserts, all washed down with organic wine. Happy Endings Dessert Bar (Old Spitalfields Market), £40, book ahead, various times
CONCRETE SOLDIERS: Get the low down on the social cleansing sweeping across some of London's council estates in this new documentary from Nikita Woolfe. Cinema Museum, £10, book ahead, 7pm-10pm
POP-UP SCREENS: Make like Lucy and enter this wardrobe into a snow-dusted winter wonderland, you won't find Aslan here but you can settle in for a screening of Elf. Hackney Showroom, £20/£10 under 10s, book ahead, 7.30pm
CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Dust off your Santa hats and treat your ears to some festive favourites and lesser-known melodies performed by London City Voices, a 350-strong choir who know how to party. (The post-concert celebrations continue until 2am). Troxy, £15, book ahead, 8pm-10pm
Good cause of the day: Party at this concert for creatives
Settle in for a night of music, carols, spoken word and networking at this concert in aid of The Haven + London, a charity focused solely on helping struggling creatives. St Giles in the Fields Church, £10 donation, book ahead, 7.30pm
Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...
London is a city of incredible transformation. With structural remains that date back to ancient history still in existence, this unique walking tour takes in Lost London in all its former glory. From the Titanic booking office to the graveyards of man's best friend, you'll discover the weird and wonderful places that used to exist in the capital but are now only committed to memory. Using old photographs, newspaper cuttings and stories from the past, you'll be amazed at what has largely been written out of our history books... Get tickets
Have you visited London's Roman ampitheatre? What about London's Medieval market places? Hear weird and wonderful tales of our beautiful city as you take a walking tour, seeing everything from centuries-old churches to the hanging place of William Wallace. Whether you've lived here all your life or are visiting for a few days, you're sure to learn something new about London. Get tickets
How well do you really know London? Visit the streets that inspired Harry Potter locations and see London's most superstitious hotel. On Matt's tour you will explore hidden places and discover stories unknown to even the most knowledgeable of Londoners. Get tickets
Take to the waters and glide about in this beginner paddleboarding session. By the end of it, you'll be standing up and paddling solo, and there's plenty of help on hand to improve your technique. Change of clothes required. Get tickets